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The Rundown - January 12

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

# "Bloomberg" interviews Husain Haqqani
# "Pakistan Elite Silent After Taseer Assassination" - Mosharraf Zaidi, "CNN"
# "Drones And Aid" - Rafia Zakaria, "Dawn"
# "Whiter Tolerance?" - Marvi Memon, "Express Tribune"

# "Kandahar: The Fog Of War" - James Foley, "Global Post"
# "False Choices In Afghanistan" - C. Christine Fair, "Foreign Policy"

# "Spiegel" interviews IAEA head Yukiya Amano
# "Take A New Track On Iran" - Christopher Hill, "The Japan Times"
# "Iran Jails Another lawyer" - Shirin Ebadi, "The Wall Street Journal"

# "Putin's Feeding Trough" - Vladimir Ryzhkov, "Moscow Times"
# Russia will downsize its federal workforce by 20%
# "The Khodorkovsky Omen" - Michael Bohm, "Moscow Times"

# "The New York Times" reports on the scrapheap economy in Iraq

Of Interest
# Members of the Belarusian opposition are lobbying the EU to tighten sanctions on Lukashenka
# "Decline And Fall Of The Google Empire" - David Worlock, "Media Briefing"
# "The DaVinci Code Cracked?" - Tara Kelly, "Time"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy

# "How Many Gitmo Alumni Take Up Arms?" - Bergen, Tiedemann & Lebovich, "Foreign Policy"
# Jonathan Zimmerman thinks public schools should start discussing politics
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"

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